Saturday, December 31, 2011

Giveaway: Hush Hush & Evermore

Happy New Year! Whether you celebrate it or not, I hope you have a lovely new year. I know I'm a few hours early, but to get things off to a good start, I'm giving away a book. It will be winner's choice, of either:

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Book 1 in the series)

Evermore by Alyson Noel (Book 1 in Immortals series)

How to enter:
1) Follow the blog
2) Leave a comment on this post telling me something you are looking forward to this year.
3) 1 extra entry for each link to the giveaway that you share. Sharing links is not a requirement, but please let me know in the comments where you've linked, ie, twitter, blog post, etc.

The rules:
  • Contest will run from December 31st - January 14th contest extended! January 18th, closing at Midnight GMT.
  • Open internationally.
  • Must be a follower.
  • Winner chooses one book, the remaining one will return for later contests.
  • Winner will be announced on the blog, and I will either contact you through your profile email, or wait 1 week for you to reply to the winner's post. You DO NOT have to leave your email in a comment.
  • Winner will be chosen at random.
  • Winner announced January 19th.
Let me know if you have any questions that I've missed.
And to get started, the first thing I'm looking forward to this year is my university snow sports club trip next week! I can't wait to go skiing again, it's been too long.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

And we're back! (Contest soon)

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a happy Christmas time, or enjoyed the break if you don't celebrate it. I have several reviews waiting to go in the new year, but I want to save them just a few more days until everyone is done with celebrations, and I'm back in Edinburgh again, with the books I'll be reviewing!

I'm hoping to run more contests this year. We're slowly getting nearer to 200 followers, and we'll definitely have a giveaway when that happens. It's my 21st birthday in March, and again, I've got a few things I'm planing on doing for that ;) But, to kick things off, I'm giving away a copy of either 'Hush, Hush' by Becca Fitzpatrick, or 'Evermore' by Alyson Noel. It'll be winners choice, open internationally, and I'll do a post for it on New Years Day, so don't forget to come back then and enter!

I'm excited for another year of book blogging, and I really do want to make it more regular for me this year - I'm aiming for 2 reviews (or more!) a week, plus In My Mailbox on Sundays. My IMM posts will start again in January.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A few new things

I've been playing around with the site a bit, and I just wanted to point out a couple of our new features.
First up, just under our 'guidelines' box on the right, you can share the blog in a variety of ways, eg Facebook, Stumble, or Twitter, just by clicking. I've also tried to turn on the button where that should show up at the bottom of each post, but I don't think it's working properly yet - hopefully that will be there soon, so if you read a post you like, share it!

You can also subscribe to the blog feed, or sign up to get new posts emailed to you - those are both in the same place, just on the right hand side of the blog again. Google have announced plans to stop using the 'google follower count' tool next year, so if you want to keep up with the blog, consider subscribing!

Let us know what you think, and there will be book reviews coming up very soon!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Events: The Miami International Book Fair

Clockwise from top: Colleen Houck, Me, Sarah Dessen, Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie

I meant to post this a while back, but Thanksgiving, NaNoWriMo, and work got in the way. Well, better late than never, right?

The weekend before Thanksgiving Miami Dade College hosted the Miami Book Fair International. This week long event culminated in a three-day street fair and presentations by dozens of authors from all genres and styles. So much happened it's impossible to fit it all into one post, so I wrote up two: one recap of Saturday, and one of Sunday.

For anyone living in South Florida, attend if you can in 2012. For anyone not in the area, check out your local college and see if they host something similar. It might not be on the same scale as this, but I've learned first hand that any contact with writers is worth the trip. :D

Hope you enjoy, guys!